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- Director: Joe Wright
- Release Date: April 2011
- Run Time: 111
- Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Another cultural effort to reverse gender roles of males and females (the true biological references to men and women before they are genderized and grow up to be all that they want to be if we would just let them!) where men are no longer the cold-blooded trained killers. Thank you Lara Croft. At any rate Salorse Ronan is our femme fatale and film namesake (Hanna). Erik is her assassin trainer father and is played nobly by the ever adaptive Eric Bana. Erik is training his daughter to be a cold-blooded killer with the skills of an assassin.
Not only is Erik training Hanna to be an assassin, he is cultivating her skills for one purpose. Hanna is trained to take down one target. Her target is played by Cate Blanchett who goes by the name “Marissa” in the film. Hanna’s dad does a yeoman’s job with her training. When the time comes Hanna leaves the nest and pursues her prey with full vigor. The scriptwriters make her out as a character bewildered by some unanswered questions about her plight as she pursues Marissa. As the audience we share in her fuzzy understanding of what is going on in the film too.
Why does Hanna do what she does? Who are those government goons? But we aren’t sidetracked too much as the violent portrayals of Hanna and Erik are well done by Ronan and Bana. Blanchett has the disturbing claim to fame as being a reasonably convincing villain who happens to be a decent woman when she isn’t being a villain. So we end up torn? Do we have to see the one’s we love being violent and deadly and dead? Makes for a theater-wide commitment on a Saturday afternoon out of a bunch of otherwise cynical movie-goers, believe you me. The groans and disappointments at every turn were audible. I like that!
I also dug (supremely enjoyed for those of you unfamiliar with the “beat” vernacular of San Francisco poetry scene of the late 50s) the soundtrack ably supplied by Rowlands and Simon aka “The Chemical Brothers”. Director Joe Wright put a stronger pulse into this film since 2009 when he brought out the heady drama The Soloist with Bob Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx. The modified script by Seth Lochead via David Farr, the good re-doctor, sets you up for mad violence, ultra even, including the gory details of a deer hunt. Non-stop, chased and be kiiled, chase and evade while being chased scenes spare us the agony of any ham-fisted attempts at classic acting in this gripping action adventure piece. Dig it.
That is what I will gladly pay to see in a freak film in the middle of the day.